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Reinvented Truck Driver Orientation Helps Add New Hires to Walmart’s Fleet
With more than 1,400 new Walmart truck drivers added in 2018, hundreds more are slated to join the fleet in 2019.
Assessments, mentorship and a faster hiring process are all a part of new onboarding events that are filling critical new jobs created by Walmart’s business growth during an industry-wide shortage.
The revamped orientation initiatives have already cut in half the time between a candidate’s initial interview and a mandatory driving assessment, expediting the time it takes to complete a new hire.
“These hiring events are both improving the skill level of our candidates and enriching their onboarding experience,” said Lori Furnell, Walmart’s director of ...
Sysco Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results
Sysco Corporation today announced financial results for its 13-week first fiscal quarter ended September 29, 2018.
First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Highlights
•Sales increased 3.9% to $15.2 billion•Gross profit increased 3.9% to $2.9 billion; gross margin increased 2 basis points•Operating income increased 1.4% to $628.1 million; adjusted¹ operating income increased 5.1% to $691.7 million•EPS increased $0.12 to $0.81; adjusted¹ EPS increased $0.17 to $0.91
“Our top-line results for the first quarter were solid, particularly in our U.S. Foodservice segment,” said Tom Bené, Sysco’s president and chief executive officer. “We continue to see expense challenges in the warehouse and transportation areas of our supply chain, which we anticipate will persist. We remain focused on the execution of our strategic priorities, which we believe will...
Livestock Groups Petition Department of Transportation for Hours of Service Flexibility
Today organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country submitted a petition to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting additional flexibility on Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. The petition asks for a five-year exemption from certain HOS requirements for livestock haulers and encourages DOT to work with the livestock industry to implement additional fatigue-management practices.
Current rules limit drive time to 11 hours and limit on-duty hours to 14. Instead, the organizations request that livestock haulers be granted approval to drive up to 15 hours with a 16-hour on-duty period, following a 10-hour consecutive rest period. Any livestock hauler wishing to operate under the extended drive time would be required to complete pre-trip planning and increased fatigue-management training.
“We are concerned that the 11- and 14-hour rules were not drafted with livestock haulers in mind and thus do not...
NCBA Calls for Flexibility on Hours of Service Rules
At a public listening session hosted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today called for additional flexibility on Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers. NCBA President Kevin Kester and Executive Director of Government Affairs Allison Rivera delivered the group’s message at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Washington.
The comments emphasized the need for a regulatory framework that encourages drivers to rest when they are tired. Under the status quo, drivers are incentivized to “push through” fatigue due to overly-restrictive Hours of Service rules.
“The current Hours of Service framework is incompatible with the realities of livestock hauling,” said Kester. “Drivers of our livestock need to be alert and safe, while also cognizant of the welfare of the animals they are hauling. We want them to rest as needed, instead of racing against the clock.”
Current rules require a livestock hauler to rest for...
Hurricane Florence Poses Industry Complications, Dangerous Conditions
Evacuations have been ordered in parts of the southeastern United States today as Hurricane Florence picks up strength. The National Hurricane Center projects dangerous storm surge and flooding in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Carolinas and have the potential to spread inland and into Virginia as well.
CNN is reporting that state government offices, which includes schools and medical facilities, will be closed in 26 counties, impacting roughly one million people. Furthermore, the entire mid-Atlantic region is undergoing storm advisories and preparations.
From an industry perspective, there are a number of shock waves that ripple throughout the supply chain in a major weather event...
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